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Want to Make Birds Go Away? There Are Many Ways To Go

Want to Make Birds Go Away? There Are Many Ways To Go

Homeowners and commercial enterprises spend millions of dollars every year trying to play catch up with the damage and nuisance inflicted by pest birds. If only there was a way to make birds go away. No one really wants to harm our fine feathered friends, we just want them to find a nice tree in the park to call home.

Perhaps no one wants to make birds go away more than commercial  building owners. For pest birds can lead to a myriad of costly problems. Their droppings not only seriously detract from a building’s appearance, but the acidic secretions produced by the fungi that live in these droppings can mar paint and other surfaces. Bird nests and droppings can clog gutters and down pipes, causing rooftops to leak; this debris can be sucked into ducts, grilles and vents, jamming air conditioning and heating units. It can get into rooftop turbine ventilators and ceiling windows, causing them to seize up. Cleanup and repair costs can go through the roof. Of course, there are many other reasons why commercial building owners want to make birds go away.

When bird droppings gather at building entrances they create a slippery surface resulting in huge slip and fall liability to commercial property owners. Bird droppings around loading bays and storage areas can mar the appearance of costly finished goods, as well as the cardboard packaging of these products.

Restaurant owners know fair well the problems pest birds can create. The offensive odors and noise can discourage customers. And bird droppings accumulated on signage  can ruin the image of even the most popular eatery. Pest birds can also be a health hazard, carrying and transmitting any of 60 known diseases. The mantra, just make birds go away is oft repeated in the commercial industry.

Today’s cash strapped homeowners are no less anxious about ridding their domiciles of pest birds. They don’t need to replace window awnings, air conditioning units, spa covers, solar panels and satellite dish antennas annually, thanks to bird droppings. Nor do they want their children exposed to the diseases carried by bird droppings left on patio tables and chairs.

Fortunately, for both homeowner and commercial building owner, there are a number of ways to make birds go away. And stay away.

Among the most popular is the bird spike. Ideal for pigeons and other large birds, these are available with rigid unbreakable polycarbonate spikes or stainless steel spikes. A cousin to the bird spike is the bird spider. These have proven effective for awnings and patio covers, since the spider arms flagellate  with the breeze, preventing pest birds from landing. The spiders also come in a number of diameters. Spikes and spiders are easy to install and while they appear menacing, they won’t harm birds.

A surprisingly simple and effective way to make birds go away, the bird slope is widely used by both homeowners and commercial applications. The angled, slippery PVC panels cause pest birds to simply slide off when they try to land. Bird slopes are ideal for eaves, ledges, beams and other 90-degree areas where pest birds tend to nest and roost. Another favorite bird deterrent is bird gel. It’s easy to apply with a standard caulking gun and leaves a sticky surface that pest birds hate to land on, yet it’s safe for birds (except swallows) and people. Gels are ideal for ledges, I-beams, parapet walls, conduit, pipes, and flat or curved surfaces.

To make birds go away from large commercial garages, airline hangars, courtyards, and other expansive areas, there’s bird netting. Netting can control all species of birds and is even prescribed by architects. Netting comes in U.V. stabilized, flame resistant and rot and waterproof varieties, as well as a number of mesh sizes to deter starlings, sparrow, pigeons, seagulls and larger birds.

Another family of products that will make birds go away from large areas are bird misting systems. Humane and effective, these bird-hazing systems release an ultra fine mist that really annoys pest birds. The mist typically contains methyl anthranilate, a grape extract that naturally occurs in concord grapes. Safe for people, pets, plants and birds, this chemical has been widely used for decades to deter a wide variety of pest birds including, sparrows, pigeons, starlings, crows, blackbirds and geese.

Making pest birds go away in a hurry are the electric-track bird repellers. Ideal for deterring pigeons, seagulls and larger birds in mostly commercial applications, repellers deliver a mild electric shock that’s harmless to birds. Easily mounted on ledges, signs, rooftops, and flat or curved surfaces, some repellers are low profile and virtually invisible. When choosing electric repellers, you should select models with a flow-through design to keep water from damming up on rooftops and other surfaces. Opt for corrosion-resistant tracks that resist alkali and acidic environments.

If you believe there’s nothing like movement to make birds go away, you can try motorized bird repellers. They’re ideal for keeping birds off AC units, rooftops, awnings and that covered boat you have sitting in front of the garage. Some newer models even run on energy efficient solar cells.

Those who prefer high-tech deterrents have a whole family of bird scare products to choose from. These include supersonic sound systems, which play distress and predator calls for up to 22 types of birds. The calls can be heard for up to one acre and will keep birds from invading  backyards, garden areas, pools, patios, gazebos, rooftops and other open spaces.

Finally, there are a number of “bird scare” deterrents for those on a budget. These have been proven effective in keeping birds from landing on trees, overhangs, gazebos, patios, eaves, near pools, and other areas. There’s iridescent reflective foil or flash tape, which creates an “Optical Distraction Zone” birds don’t like. There’s also the inflatable balloon imprinted with lifelike reflective predator eyes and markings. The best thing about these bird deterrents is how easy they are to set up in virtually any problem area. Some bird repellers even have iridescent foil eyes to scare away birds by day, and glow-in-the-dark graphics to keep pest birds away at night.

So, as you can see, if you want to make birds go away, there are many ways to go.

Alex Kecskes is a freelance writer focusing on humane bird control.


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5 Great Ways to Attract Birds into Your Garden

5 Great Ways to Attract Birds into Your Garden

It’s not just nice for you to have birds visit your garden, it is also good for your garden as well, the reason is that most varieties of garden birds have a great appetite for insect pests that populate your garden and cause harm to your plants and shrubs.


If you want to make your garden bird friendly and attract birds to your garden you have to consider the following things.


Plants

A good selection of native plants and shrubs with things like berries, and big seed heads will tempt the birds to come and feed.


Trees and Hedges

If you have the space some native trees and hedge line will provide natural nesting sites.


Nesting Boxes

If you have a smaller garden you can build or buy some nesting boxes in different sizes to provide a home for a nesting bird.


Water

Garden birds will also need a water source, so a bird bath is a perfect addition, if you don’t have one a large shallow saucer left on a patio will also provide a great place for birds to drink, bathe and splash around in. Ponds are also a good source of water for birds and it also attracts insects for them to feed on.


Food

Obviously its important to leave food out for your birds, this is the biggest factor for attracting birds to your garden, a stable bird table is great for offering nuts, seeds and fat balls to the birds. Squirrel proof hanging bird feeders are great of feeding the birds, its also very entertaining watching them pecking out the seeds.

While we’re on the subject of bird feeders can I ask you to please not buy the bird food in plastic netting that you can buy from market stalls and some supermarkets, these are very dangerous for small birds as they can get trapped in the netting and can break their legs very easily and even loose them all together. Some bird species have hooked tongues and can also become trapped in these net feeders. If you lean one thing from this article please remember this, it can save your garden birds a whole lot of suffering, and there are so many great bird feeder designs you wont have a shortage to choose from.


So, the simple rule for attracting birds to your garden is to provide what they are naturally looking for in the wild, give them a safe place to feed and they will return time and again. Enjoy it!

Andrew Lawrence runs a webiste all about birds and bird feeders which is full of usful tips and articles like this one, please visit GardeningYear.com for more info.

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Finally, Effective and Humane Ways to Deal with Bird Pests

Finally, Effective and Humane Ways to Deal with Bird Pests

The three most common bird pests are pigeons, house sparrows, and European starlings. Sometimes woodpeckers, make the list, since they can severely damage wooden structures.

 

Man has long had a love-hate relationship with the ubiquitous and prolific pigeon. The bird originated from domesticated European homing pigeons and will eat almost anything. They nest on ledges and other man-made structures and will create quite a mess in bird droppings.

 

Another pest bird is the sparrow. Commonly found in urban areas, these small, quick, clever birds are highly adaptable, often gathering in huge flocks to force other birds out of their territories. Sparrows prefer nesting in small, enclosed places like house shutters and soffits, drainage piping, rafters and corrugated metal siding. They average about 20 offspring annually, so their numbers quickly grow to intolerable infestations.

 

Last of the three most popular bird pests is the starling. This dark muscular bird will typically gather in huge flocks and, like the sparrow, will drive out other native birds. Homeowners can expect to find starlings in bathrooms and dryer vents, where their dense nests block air flow. Another problem is their sprayed feces, which can eventually corrode stone, metal and masonry due to the uric acid in these droppings.

 

The droppings of most bird pests can freeze up and damage machinery. Worse yet, the bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites in droppings and nesting materials have been known to cause serious diseases, including histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, and toxoplasmosis.

 

Bird pests can be a problem. And there are all sorts of ways to deter bird pests without resorting to toxic chemicals or bird poisons (avicides). Besides, the use of avicides is usually pretty restrictive, since they kill a lot more than bird pests.

 

Luckily, innovative bird control firms have tapped into science and bird psychology to come up with a number of humane and highly effective ways to deter bird pests.

 

Topping the list as the most economical are the family of pest bird deterrents known as bird scare products. Reflective Foil/Flash Tape and Balloons fall into this category.Flash tape is a highly visible banner that waves and crinkle in the breeze to intimidate bird pests. They are inexpensive and attach easily to boat masts, poles, patios and trees. Akin to flash tape, the Bird Scare Balloon, is just as effective. Balloons often have big predator eyes to frighten bird pests. Bird scare products like these are effective as long as they are changed often, since birds will get used to them.

 

Next up is the simple but effective Bird Spider. This pest bird deterrent is ideal for use on parking-lot lights, level signs, streetlights, rooftops, and AC units. They’re basically bird scare products with thin, bouncing stainless steel arms that whip about in the breeze. Spiders come in various sizes–typically 2′, 4′ and 8′ diameters to cover large areas and deter various bird types. They’re easy to install and are effective against pigeons, seagulls, and larger birds. The best spiders have a U.V.-protected polycarbonate base.

 

Perhaps the most popular and widely known pest bird deterrent is the Bird Spike. These are highly effective in keeping bird pests off roofs, window ledges, I-beams parapet walls, awnings, canopies, signs and gutters. The spike strips come with rigid U.V.-resistant unbreakable polycarbonate spikes or tough, durable stainless steel spikes. While the spikes may look dangerous, they’re harmless to birds, installers and maintenance crews. Most bird spikes come in 3″, 5″ and 8″ widths and better spikes have a non-reflective metal finish, which makes them almost invisible from ground level. Spikes have proven so effective that some have been recommended by architects, contractors and government agencies.

 

Praised for its utter simplicity is the Bird Slope. This clever device deters bird pests by not allowing them to get a landing foothold. Birds just can’t get a grip on the angled, slippery PVC panels. Bird slopes are quite effective against all types of birds, including swallows, starlings, pigeons, and seagulls. They’re perfectly suited for ledges, eaves, beams and other 90-degree areas. Easily installed on virtually any surface using glue or screws, bird slopes now come in several colors, so they’ll blend in with a building’s aesthetics. To ensure the panels you order last in harsh weather, opt for U.V. protected PVC panels.

 

Another highly effective way to deter bird pests is Bird Gel. Simply put,birds hate to land on this sticky, tacky chemical goo. Once they get their feet into it, they shake a leg and flee, rarely to return. Gels are easy to apply with a caulking gun and the chemical is harmless to people and birds. Gels work quite well on pipes, conduit, ledges, I-beams, and parapet walls. The best gels are colorless and effective in hot or cold climates. One application lasts up to six months outdoors.

 

Nothing like a physical barrier to keep bird pests out. That’s the idea behind Bird Netting. The netting comes in 3/4″, 1-1/8″ and 2″ mesh sizes to deter a wide range of birds and bird sizes. The prefect solution for fruit trees, crops, and vineyards, bird netting is also available in heavy-duty construction to keep bird pests clear of air hangars, garages, factories, warehouses, and large canopies. Some of the best bird netting is flame resistant and rot and waterproof. If you plan to net areas around electrical equipment or transmitters, opt for non-conductive netting.

 

Next up is the persuader of pest bird deterrents–the Electric Track.Birds who try to land on these tracks get a harmless jolt of electricity that says, “not here, mister bird.” The tracks are easily installed on flat or curved surfaces. The best are designed with a flow-thru feature that keeps water from backing up around them.

Finally, we come to a safe chemical pest bird deterrent–Misters and Foggers. These systems spray a super fine mist of methyl anthranilate into the air, which birds can’t stand. The chemical used is a grape extract that occurs naturally in concord grapes and is harmless to birds and humans. Misting systems are ideal for use in large areas. The  systems vary from simple to advanced with some having adjustable nozzles and timers to deter various bird types.

 

 

Alex Kecskes is a freelance writer focusing on humane and effective bird control. To learn more about the products mentioned please visit Pigeon Control http://www.pigeoncontrol.com


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Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders: Best Ways To Make Bird Feeders Squirrel Proof

Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders: Best Ways To Make Bird Feeders Squirrel Proof

Does this sound familiar? You’ve just filled your bird feeders and you’re successfully attracting a variety of songbirds to your backyard. But that’s not all you’re attracting: hordes of marauding squirrels are threatening to eat you, or at least the birds, out of house and home. With the price of birdseed these days, you can’t afford to feed those ravenous rodents, so what can you do to squirrel proof bird feeders?

The best way to discourage squirrels is to make it difficult for them to access your bird feeders. A very effective method is to protect the feeders with a baffle. Squirrels can climb smooth poles and run along narrow clotheslines, but they cannot get by a strategically placed baffle. A conical or tube-shaped baffle, which is positioned approximately four feet off the ground, can protect a feeder that is mounted on a pole. A feeder that hangs from a line or tree will benefit from a top-mount baffle. When using baffles, you should ensure that the feeder is positioned at least 12 feet away from walls, fences, and tree trunks to prevent the squirrels from jumping to the feeder.

Another effective strategy is to buy a bird feeder that has been designed to be squirrel-proof or, at least, squirrel-resistant. There are a couple of variations on this theme. One style has a feeder surrounded by a cage that allows small birds in, but keeps squirrels and large birds out. This style is great for small song birds such as chickadees, finches, siskins and red polls, but could prevent some desirable species, such as cardinals, from feeding.

A second style of squirrel-proof feeder is weight-sensitive. When something heavy, such as a squirrel or a large bird, lands on the feeder, its weight causes the feeding stations to close, thereby preventing the critter from feeding. There are a number of models on the market, some of which are more effective than others. One of the best is the Squirrel Buster Plus, a bird feeder with features too numerous to mention. It comes with a lifetime factory warranty and is guaranteed squirrel-proof.

If you don’t want to upgrade your bird feeding equipment, you can try thwarting squirrels by using blends of birdseed that they find distasteful. This an area where you need to exercise some caution. Some brands contain products, such as cayenne pepper, which can harm the birds. However, there are brands that simply have seeds which  squirrels will avoid, but which birds will still enjoy.

Finally, you can try keeping squirrels away from your bird feeders by distracting them. For example, you can install a box feeder filled with corn kernels or hang a corncob “trapper” for the squirrels to feed from. If your squirrels have their very own feeder, situated well away from any bird feeders, they may stick to their own turf and leave the birdseed alone.

There is no question that squirrels can be a nuisance around bird feeders and a costly one at that. However, keep in mind that squirrels are just being themselves. You shouldn’t let your desire to keep squirrels away from your bird feeders result in any harm to them. Don’t use poison or traps that will kill. Don’t use sticky material that can soil squirrel fur and bird feathers. Never add cayenne pepper to your birdseed (if a squirrel gets it in the eyes, the resulting misery and scratching may result in blindness).

Whatever you do, don’t give up on feeding the birds. It is possible to squirrel proof bird feeders. Squirrels may be intelligent but, with careful thought, it’s not hard to foil them. After all, we’re smarter, right?

Dave McLeod has been successfully feeding birds and foiling the squirrels, for years. To check out Dave’s favorite bird feeder visit www.best-squirrel-proof-bird-feeder.com.


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Little Known Ways to successfully Setup Your Finch Bird Feeders

Finch bird feeders are a remarkable way of luring finches to your garden. These feeders can get the seed-eating birds right onto your porch, if you want. You can choose from a wide array of finch bird feeders. Most bird feeders are specially designed to meet the requirements of a specific type of bird. Finches will definitely benefit from this type of bird feeder.

Finches belong to the family of Fringillidae, under the Phylum Chordata. These birds are easily distinguishable with their medium-built bodies and physically powerful, stumpy beaks. Their manner in flying is somewhat bouncy in nature, thereby, creating a gleeful appearance in the environment. Most finches are good singers as well.

With that in mind, finches are said to be great attractions in one’s backyard. Most finches would love to flock together in various beautifully crafted finch bird feeders. The indistinguishable color (bright red) of the House Finch’s chest and their very genial manners are the ultimate factors that make them feeder darlings. Goldfinches can also enhance your feeding station as they flock hungrily in groups of 30 or more.

Finches are generally seed lovers. They feed on almost any type of seeds but would love to devour on the seeds of trees, such as pine, alder, maple, birch, sweet gum, and spruce. The Nyjer seed is an all-time favorite of feeding finches during the winter season.

Finch bird feeders can accommodate all of these seed types. They come in different styles and types consisting of gazebo feeders, seed finch feeders, and wooden finch feeders.

In general, bird feeders are specially crafted devices set in the backyard or porch to provide bird food to various types of birds. Finch bird feeders are special bird feeders designed to provide seeds to finches since this type of bird are generally seed-eating birds.

Choosing the right type of bird feeder is the number factor in luring birds to flock in the area. The position of the bird feeder as well as the type of food will also affect the chances of attracting certain types of birds.

For instance, thistle seed finch feeder will generally attract finches that prefer thistle seeds. Thistle seed finch bird feeder features a drawn out tube that can hold as much as one quart of thistle seeds. It has a see-through feature, which enables the owner to observe seed level any time.

Finch bird feeders can also lure other types of birds. Hence, you should not be startled if ever you get to see different types of birds flocked up to your finch bird feeding station. Most finch bird feeders are also best for cardinal birds, redpolls, siskins, and grosbeaks.

To attract beautiful finches in your area, it is important to keep these things in mind:

1. The right position

Setting up a bird feeding station may not be so complicated. However, it is still important to consider some factors to ensure finch-feeding success.

One of the most important factors to consider is the proper positioning of the finch bird feeder. Setting up a finch bird feeding station in your backyard is the ideal place since this is very conducive to most finches. However, it is also recommended that you place your finch bird feeder near your deck or window. In this way, you can easily observe and enjoy watching the finches as they gleefully enjoy their sumptuous meal.

If placing finch bird feeders near the window is not possible, it is best to set the finch bird feeder in an area that is observable from indoors. It is also best to place finch bird feeders near the areas where the finches can easily fly to safety if any danger should take place.

2. Special area for finches

Competition is always at hand whenever there is no specific place for finch bird feeding station. Larger birds may flock the area, thereby, blocking the finches from getting their food. If you have a separate bird feeder for larger birds and a specially made feeder station for the finches, both parties will enjoy their meals as well as you will enjoy their company within your garden.

So the next time you think about setting up finch bird feeder, try to consider these factors to enjoy bird watching. It is definitely one great experience you will never forget.

Lee Dobbins writes for http://birdfeeders.topicgiant.com where you can learn more about feeding your backyard birds as well as different types of bird feeders like the finch bird feeder.

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